Yes, Dami Im did do enough to debut atop the ARIA singles chart with her ‘X Factor’ winners single ‘Alive’, which not only premieres at No.1, knocking Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ from its No.1 mantle after nine non consecutive weeks, but also picks up a gold accreditation for sales of more than 35,000 copies. Not bad after being on sale for just over three days of the chart week.
Katy’s ‘Roar’ drops only to No.2, followed by two top five debuts; One Direction’s new single ‘Story Of My Life’ (No.3) and Guy Sebastian’s new track ‘Like A Drum’ (No.4), both of which were no doubt boosted by appearances by both acts on ‘The X Factor’ in the past week (though 1D performed their previous hit ‘Best Song Ever’).
Pitbull and Ke$ha’s new single ‘Timber’ proves it’s far from wooden, now glistening with a gold accreditation. Further down, Justice Crew burst into the top ten with their latest single ‘Everybody’ (No.18 to No.8). You can read our new Q&A (albeit with desperately brief As) with the band HERE. They’re followed by a resurgent Redfoo and ‘Let’s Get Ridiculous’, which bullets from No.25 to No.9.
Another ‘X Factor’ appearance – this time from Katy Perry herself – paves the way for her new single ‘Unconditionally’ to debut at No.11, perhaps slightly disappointing given the exposure. That said, her new album ‘Prism’ was out in the same week, so it’s highly likely that her fans will have bought it on the album rather than simply the single.
Eminem and Rihanna’s ‘The Monster’ debuts at No.13, Taylor Henderson’s cover of ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’, though dropping from No.2 to No.15, hits gold (35,000 copies), Lana Del Rey’s ‘Young And Beautiful’ benefits from the Cedric Gervais rework, moving up from No.29 to No.16 and Ylvis’ ‘The Fox’ drops from No.9 to No.17.
Heading down this week are Imagine Dragons’ ‘On Top Of The World’ (No.10 to No.20), Jess Mauboy’s ‘Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up)’ (No.11 to No.23) and Lorde’s ‘Royals’ (No.14 to No.25). Little Mix’ new single ‘Move’ improves five spots (No.33 to No.28).
Another week, another new Lady Gaga track – this time ‘Venus’ – with a No.31 debut just a week out from the release of her new album ‘Artpop’, but Eminem’s been doing the same, with last week’s newbie ‘Rap God’ dropping from No.15 to No.32.
Havana Brown might have been doing nicely over on the US dance charts with ‘Flashing Lights’, but back home, her latest release ‘Warrior’ is losing its chart fight, dropping from No.22 to No.38.
Fall Out Boy’s ‘Alone Together’ is new at No.40, Taylor Swift is ‘Sweeter Than Fiction’ at No.44 and two tracks pop their heads into the lower part of the 50; Imagine Dragons’ ‘Demons’ (No.53 to No.46 in its second week on the charts) and One Direction’s ‘Best Song Ever’ (No.66 to No.47).
Outside the 50, it’s a re-entry for INXS’ ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ (No.56), drops for Capital Cities’ ‘Safe And Sound’ (No.36 to No.57) and Britney Spears’ ‘Work Bitch!’ (No.34 to No.58), but a debut for Reece Mastin’s ‘Girls (All Around The World)’ at No.59.
The Bieb’s ‘Recovery’ debuts four places lower, but John Newman’s ‘Love Me Again’ also slides lower (from No.42 to No.64).
Also heading down this week are Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ (No.51 to No.66), Birdy’s ‘Wings’ (No.47 to No.68), Gaga’s ‘Applause’ (No.54 to No.69) and Zedd’s ‘Clarity’ (No.49 to No.71).
Iggy Azalea’s ‘Change Your Life’ drops 34 spots from its No.44 debut, but Damien Rice’s ‘The Blowers Daughter’ is in at No.82 with thanks to Taylor Henderson’s performance of the track on ‘The X Factor’. There are also big drops for Timomatic’s ‘Waterfall’ (No.52 to No.86) and Tina Arena’s ‘You Set Fire To My Life’ (No.38 to No.87).
Lou Reed’s death this week prompts fans to pick up his classic ‘Walk On The Wild Side’, which re-enters at No.95 and the top 100 debuts are rounded out by Afrojack’s ‘The Spark’ (No.98).
THE X FACTOR
With the Grand Final of ‘The X Factor’ hitting on Sunday and Mondays nights, obviously there’s plenty of ‘X Factor’ love on the ARIA singles chart too, not least of which winner Dami Im’s debut at No.1 with her winner’s single ‘Alive’. But the other contestants have also done rather well for themselves too, with punters snapping up their live performances; in turn giving the contestants two votes.
As mentioned previously in the ‘singles’ section, Taylor Henderson’s ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun’ is down from No.2 to No.15, but is now gold accredited.
Dami’s cover of ‘And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going’ is the highest performance debut of the week, coming in at No.29, but perhaps surprisingly, Jai Waetford’s song ‘Don’t Let Me Go’ is the second best performer, debuting at No.37.
Further down, it’s Dami’s ‘Purple Rain’ re-entering at No.42, Taylor Henderson’s performances of ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ and ‘Some Nights’ premiering at Nos.43 and 45 respectively.
Outside the top 50, it’s Dami’s ‘Hero’ in at No.62, Taylor’s ‘I Will Wait’ improving from No.82 to No.65, his cover of ‘Wake Me Up’ which wakes up before it go-goes, up from No.87 to No.70 and ‘The Horses’ relatively stable (No.70 to No.76).
Dami’s cover of ‘Wrecking Ball’ drops from No.61 to No.77, Taylor’s ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ is back (No.85), but his ‘One Crowded Hour’ drops from No.59 to No.88.
Right down the tail end of the top 100, there’s Dami’s ‘Roar’ (No.94) and Taylor’s ‘Choir Girl’ (No.99).
After three consecutive weeks of four top ten debuts, this week it quietens down a little, with just the three. But ruling them all, naturally, is Katy Perry, whose ‘Prism’ is glistening in the No.1 position, having displaced the Triple J compile ‘Like A Version Vol.9’.
Lorde’s ‘Pure Heroine’ swaps places with James Blunt’s ‘Moon Landing’, the Triple J compile drops to No.4 and the second of our top ten debuts comes courtesy of Kerser, with ‘S.C.O.T.’ bouncing into the countdown at No.5.
Linkin Park’s new LP ‘Recharged’ is in at No.7, followed closely behind by a fast-charging INXS best-of (No.67 to No.13).
Beyoncé’s tour pays dividends – her album ‘4’ is up 36 spots to No.15 this week, but it’s the only Beyoncé album in the entire top 100.
Fall Out Boy’s ‘Save Rock And Roll’ improves from No.89 to No.25 after the repackage and Bernard Fanning’s tour does the trick, sending his album ‘Departures’ soaring from No.80 to No.28.
Paul Kelly’s ‘Songs From The South Volume 1 & 2’ re-enters the top 100 at No.34, Mark Vincent’s ‘The Quartet Sessions’ is down from No.16 to No.37, but AFI’s ‘Burials’ plunges from a No.10 debut to No.55.
New at No.57 is Gesaffelstein’s new album ‘Aleph’, followed by a re-entry from Lou Reed’s classic ‘Transformer’ (No.59) and drops for Paul McCartney’s ‘New’ (No.37 to No.60) and Korn’s ‘The Paradigm Shift’ (No.33 to No.62).
Luciano Pavarotti’s ’50 Greatest Tracks’ debuts at No.67, Paul Dempsey’s ‘Shotgun Karaoke’ sings in a slightly lower key (No.48 to No.73) and further debuts for Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Wrapped In Red’ (No.82) and Motorhead’s ‘Aftershock’ (No.90).
Stonefield’s eponymous LP is down from No.54 to No.99, but there’s no drop bigger this week than that of Bodyjar’s album ‘Role Model’. The band’s first top 30 album in 13 years spent just one week in the charts (debuting at No.30) before dropping out of the top 100 entirely this week.
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